Is it a good idea to set Medication reminders using a Smart Watch?
I take quite a lot of tablets every day, I use an Ordex Pill Organiser to sort my meds but despite doing that and also setting reminders on my phone, I still often manage to somehow forget.
So I looked into getting a cheap smart watch from one of the Chinese websites, however my wife bought one and it lasted a week!
Whilst discussing these watches on a beard group that I run, one of the guys Billy said he bought the first of the Samsung smarty watches, the Samsung SM-V700 and it had been just laying in a draw. He offered to send it to me and so I arranged a swap of some of the beard care products that I have reviewed.
Of course being one of the first of the Smart Watches, it is a little bit bulky and it doesn’t have the wide range of apps and features that these watches now have.
However it is very useful, the medication alarms set on my Android phone are shown on the watch face and I can dismiss that alarm by swiping on the alert.
It is linked to the phone via Bluetooth, this does mean that the battery will drain quicker on the phone and of course you have to be within a certain distance to maintain the link. If my phone is in the bedroom and I am in the bathroom, the link breaks!
The saying is that everyone wants a smart watch but not many need one and yes I expect that is true, however for me it is very useful and I haven’t missed taking my meds (so far).
I can also make calls from the watch, it has two mics and a speaker on the buckle of the watch, I have tried this and the call quality is excellent but again it has to be linked to a phone, it does not take a sim card like some watches now.
I think a smart watch is a great tool for spoonies and especially the newer models that also measure heart rate and blood pressure.
So yes whilst they can be quite a gimmick, I think they can serve a great purpose to people who are chronically unwell and or disabled. Being able to make a call from your wrist in case of emergency is very comforting, I manage to end up on the floor often and I think it gives me and my wife some peace of mind knowing I can call for help if I am home alone!